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Connectivity funding

HSCN connectivity funding arrangements will support the adoption of network services. The arrangements will enable flexibility in the commissioning and provision of new services that meet local needs.

From 01 April 2017 central funding - currently used to pay for NHS N3 connectivity - will be devolved to clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) to pay for legacy N3 connectivity and future HSCN connectivity.

All allocations will include funding to cover the costs associated with setting-up new HSCN services.

Confirmation of the HSCN funding available for NHS organisations for 2017/18 was sent during June 2017.

Connectivity funding will be provided for:

GP funding

From 01 April 2017, CCGs will be responsible for the commission and provision of HSCN services for general practice.

These responsibilities are documented in an addendum to the GP IT Operating Model, icon Securing Excellence in GP IT Services, 2016-18 [1.56MB] .

CCGs are expected to start procurement of HSCN services on behalf of GPs during 2017/18 followed by migration.

CCGs have the option to join aggregated procurements managed by NHS Digital on behalf of the NHS.

Funding levels for 2017/18 will be based on the cost of N3 connectivity during 2016/17. This will help GPs to retain existing services that were previously paid for centrally. Further funding will be calculated to align with prices being achieved for equivalent services in the HSCN marketplace. This will include funding to cover the set-up and dual running costs associated with migrating to a new service.

CCG funding

CCG connectivity funding will be supported by an increase in the CCG allocation through NHS England. This allows CCGs the option to commission and buy HSCN services for themselves, and their primary care organisations within a single procurement. CCGs are expected to initiate procurement of HSCN services during 2017/18, followed by migration to HSCN services. We recommend early engagement with GPs to outline network requirements and procurement approaches.

CCGs also have the option to join aggregated procurements managed by NHS Digital on behalf of the NHS.

Funding levels for 2017/18 will be based on the cost of N3 connectivity during 2016/17. This will help CCGs to retain those services that are currently paid for centrally. Further funding will be calculated to align with prices being achieved for equivalent services in the HSCN marketplace. This will include funding to cover the set-up and dual running costs associated with migrating to a new service.

Funding levels will reduce from 2018/19 onwards.

Trust funding

HSCN funding for NHS and foundation trusts' connectivity is accessed via an online application. Regional Migration Managers (RMMs) will support all trusts through the process.

There are three types of application that will trigger funding at specific stages. An overview is given below, and is accompanied with icon more detailed guidance. [239.42KB]

Funding levels for 2017/18 will be based on the cost of N3 connectivity during 2016/17. This will help trusts to retain those services that are currently paid for centrally. Further funding will be calculated to align with prices being achieved for equivalent services in the HSCN marketplace.

This will include funding to cover the set-up and dual running costs associated with migrating to a new service.

To make sure your trust benefits from devolved funds, please complete the short online funding application form by 31 March 2017.

Once you have completed the online application, NHS Digital will let you know the level of connectivity funding for your individual trust.

Funding levels will reduce from 2018/19 onwards.

Application 1 for legacy N3 connectivity

To secure funding for legacy N3 connectivity from 01 April 2017, trusts must complete Application 1 and demonstrate that you have plans to procure HSCN connectivity.

This will allow HSCN to release funds to support existing N3 connectivity prior to migration to HSCN. You should submit this application by 31 March 2017.

Be aware that:

  • you'll need to state how and when you intend to contract for HSCN connectivity services
  • if your trust does not have its own plans to procure HSCN connectivity, you can join a centrally managed aggregated procurement - this is the default position
  • if you do not submit an Application 1, then it will not be possible to secure funding for your existing N3 connectivity post 31 March 2017

Open the Trust Funding Application 1

Application 2 for ongoing legacy N3 and new HSCN connectivity

To secure funding for ongoing legacy N3 and new HSCN connectivity, you will need to demonstrate that you have completed procurement of HSCN connectivity services and provide an estimated service migration date.

This will allow the continuation of funding for legacy N3 connectivity prior to migration to HSCN services, and for new HSCN connectivity once migration is complete.

Be aware that:

  • you should submit this application after selecting your HSCN supplier and connectivity package, but before contract signature
  • you'll need to provide evidence of your commitment to a contract for HSCN connectivity and confirm the cost of your proposed HSCN connectivity
  • you'll also need to confirm your migration plans

Open the Trust Funding Application 2

Application 3 for funding following migration to HSCN

To secure funding following migration to HSCN, you'll need to confirm you've completed migration to HSCN and terminated your N3 connectivity services.

This will allow NHS Digital to continue to fund connectivity for organisations that migrate to HSCN in a timely fashion.

Be aware that you should submit this application after your migration to HSCN is complete and when all N3 connectivity is terminated.

Open the Trust Funding Application 3

Have a question? Call us on 0300 303 5678 or contact enquiries@nhsdigital.nhs.uk.

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